The Delta Cultural Center opened in 1990 at the old Missouri Pacific depot on Missouri Street and has seen thousands of visitors experience and learn about the Arkansas Delta ever since. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a museum and features exhibits along with hosting different events throughout the year. . It is also designated a stop on the National Park Service Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the Great River Road, Crowley Ridge Parkway and is part of the Cherry Street Historic District.
The Depot lobby serves as a small exhibit area where youth artwork and displays are featured. A friendly guide will greet you and can offer a tour if you wish. Most guests choose to look around on their on though. There is also an information desk and handouts about Helena and the delta.
Past the lobby is a section of the museum dealing with railroads, early towns and and agriculture.
The next section of the depot deals with the great Mississippi River and how it has shaped the Arkansas Delta. A large bell is found on one side which was taken off the Pelican railroad ferry boat. Just beyond that is a restored train caboose with a steamboat game for the kids. After that is another room dealing with Native Americans and hunting.
The second floor of the depot is devoted to discussing the role of Helena in the American Civil War. There are three rooms of exhibits and displays.
The Delta Eagle Room takes its name from the Missouri Pacific train which made scheduled stops at the depot. It was known as the Delta Eagle. Today the room is used for educational classes and is available for parties and other events.
The Delta Cultural Depot is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Delta Eagle Room is open for rental and reservations are required. Admission is free but there is a fee for the Delta Eagle Room. The building is handicap assessable, free public parking, bus parking, water fountain and public restrooms.
The Delta Cultural Center is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.